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Opening Doors

The heart and soul of The Pro Bono Project is the collaborative effort between the Project's staff and hundreds of volunteers who give their time and expertise pro bono—at no charge—every year to open the doors to the civil legal system for metro area residents in need

The Project relies on all kinds of volunteers to get the job done for its clients: lawyers, paralegals, law students, lay professionals, etc.  

With limited full and part-time staff, The Pro Bono Project always needs help handling cases for clients as well as in our office. The Project also has many committees that need volunteers from all walks of life. If you have expertise in areas such as fundraising, event planning, or administrative support, The Project welcomes your contribution of time and talent.

Opening doors to access the civil legal system to those in need takes an army of volunteers. The Pro Bono Project volunteers are passionate about this community and determined to provide access to justice for those in need.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our mission to provide civil legal aid to the six parishes we service includes case placement and legal clinics. A legal clinic is where volunteers provide information or advice to attendees for free (or pro bono).  We have several clinic opportunities for volunteers and the public. Click here for an online presentation on our volunteer opportunities. Click here to download the latest PDF of Volunteer Opportunities showing the type of activities. 

Self Help Resource Centers | Two locations to volunteer 
Attorneys and non-attorneys are welcome

24th Judicial District Court & Orleans Civil District Court - Domestic Self Help Resource Centers
The Pro Bono Project has taken the lead in managing and recruiting volunteers for Self Help Resource Center (SHRC) at 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish and Orleans Civil District Court

Volunteers provide legal information, not legal advice, so you don’t have to be a lawyer to volunteer. Hours are 10 to noon every Tuesday and Thursday at the Jefferson Courthouse (Gretna, 200 Derbigny Street, Room 2001 on the second floor) and 9 am to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Orleans CDC (at the corner of Poydras and Loyola on second floor).

We are very excited about this opportunity for our volunteers to help the community. Call Kathleen Legendre at 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.

Elderly Legal Advice Clinics  

Several clinics are located throughout the area. Click here for a complete list. Volunteer attorneys, call our offices to schedule. Those interested in visiting one, please note whether a reservation is required. 

Divorce Workshop and Provisional Custody By Mandate (PCBM)

Our experienced staff coordinates a number of clients to visit our location on Gravier Street to meet with a volunteer attorney every Thursday. We also schedule individuals for PCBM notarization. For more information on PCBM's, visit the Louisiana Supreme Court's Library website.

To volunteer, call us at 504.581.4043.

Bankruptcy Clinic 

Several clinics are located throughout the area. Click here for a complete list. Volunteer attorneys, call our offices to schedule. Those interested in visiting one, please note whether a reservation is required.

Call our office at 504.581.4043 for locations and additional details.  

Event Planning Intern

An Event Planning Intern is needed during the summer months in preparation for our largest fundraiser, the Justice For All Ball. Click here for the internship duties. For additional information, email Erica Williams.


Committees

Interested in getting to know more about The Pro Bono Project and its mission, or want another way to use your skills and talents? A committee may be the perfect place for you.

For more information on committees, please email Executive Director C.C. Kahr or contact her at 504.581.4043 Ext. 202.

Volunteer Outreach and Recruitment Committee

This committee will be responsible for developing and implementing programs to engage and expand our base of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and students.

Volunteer Appreciation Committee

This Committee will be responsible for organizing the annual Volunteer Recognition Event and CLE Program, which is traditionally held in December of each year. 

Strategic Planning and Board Engagement Committee

This committee will be responsible for implementing long—and short—range goals and strategies with an emphasis on increasing and maintaining board engagement. This committee is also charged with the planning of an annual board retreat.

Resource Development, Marketing and
Communications Committee

This committee will be responsible for developing and implementing programs to increase annual revenues generated by The Project through charitable giving, grants, service contracts, and strategic partnerships. Additionally, this committee will be responsible for creating the strategic direction of The Project’s marketing and communications efforts. Further, it will be responsible for creating the programs and materials to support The Project, its staff, the Board and its committees in their efforts to build/maintain awareness and visibility to ensure that the organization and its various representatives are well positioned to help increase annual revenues generated by/for The Project through charitable giving, grants, service contracts and strategic partnerships. 

Justice For All Ball Committee

This Committee will be responsible for organizing the annual fundraising event, the Justice For All Ball. 

Nominating Committee

This Committee will meet to identify new members for the Board of Directors and the committees and to prepare a slate of recommendations for approval by they Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

This Committee will serve as the intermediate decision-making and leadership forum for the officers and directors of The Project and will meet each month to accomplish necessary business. 

Program Committee

This committee will work to effectively coordinate and expand the legal resources available to support our resulting caseloads in the various program areas: Successions, Consumer, Homeless, Family, CINC, Employment. 

Pro Bono Leadership
Award Committee

This Committee identifies the candidate to receive the PBP Leadership award distributed during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.   

 

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